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Create a paved area with concrete pavers or slabs

  • Difficulty: hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : Week-End Project

Building a patio, walkway or parking area using concrete paver blocks or paving slabs will enable you to enhance your home and make the very most of your outdoor space. The wide selection of paving slabs and paver systems available today makes it easier then ever to create an outdoor kitchen, patio corner or walkway around the pool. While pavers are specifically designed to withstand the rigours of our climate, they must be installed correctly so they do not shift or become dislodged.
This project describes how to create a paved area using concrete paving slabs or paver blocks. Laying the pavers is simple, but it is important to properly prepare the ground first.


Tools and materials required


  • Wheelbarrow
  • Stakes
  • Two rigid pipes, 1" x 10'
  • One wood plank, 1" x 6" x 8'
  • Carpenter's level
  • Line level
  • Masonry string line, 50'
  • Shovel
  • Cotton string
  • Garden twine
  • Measuring tape
  • Broom
  • Rake
  • Cold chisel, paver guillotine or table masonry saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Vibrating plate compactor


  • Paver edging
  • Concrete pavers or paving slabs
  • Gravel, 0 to ¾"
  • Crushed gravel or stone dust
  • Geotextile landscape fabric
  • Topsoil
  • Polymeric sand

Before Assembly


  • It is strongly recommended to buy several more paving slabs or pavers than you actually need. Store these replacement units where they will be exposed to similar atmospheric conditions as the installed pavers.

  • The colour of pavers can vary from one box to another; it is therefore advisable to mix pavers from different boxes before installing them.

  • Some pavers can be cut after installation, if necessary, using a masonry saw.

  • Polymeric sand is specially formulated for the joints between pavers and paving slabs. It is applied dry and then hardens after watering. One of its many advantages is that it forms a barrier to weeds and ants.


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